Irina Mitrea

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Irina Mitrea is a Romanian-American mathematician who works as a professor of mathematics at Temple University.[1] She is known for her research on partial differential equations as well as for promoting mathematics to schoolgirls.[2][3]

Education and career

Mitrea earned a master's degree from the University of Bucharest in 1993,[4] and completed her doctorate in 2000 at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Carlos Kenig and Mikhail Safonov.[5] After temporary positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and Cornell University, she joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 2004, and earned tenure there in 2007.[4] She also taught at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute before moving to Temple.[6] She is the founder of the Girls and Mathematics Program at Temple University, a week-long summer camp in mathematics for middle-school girls.[3]


In 2008, Mitrea won the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[4] In 2014, she was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to partial differential equations and related fields as well as outreach to women and under-represented minorities at all educational levels."[2] She is part of the 2019 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[7]


  1. ^ Faculty directory: Professors, Temple U. Mathematics, retrieved 2015-01-18.
  2. ^ a b List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2015-01-18.
  3. ^ a b Sasko, Claire (August 26, 2014), "For summer math camp, no boys allowed: Mathematics professor Irina Mitrea runs a summer-camp for girls only", The Temple News.
  4. ^ a b c Irina Mitrea wins Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize (PDF), Association for Women in Mathematics, March 28, 2008. Also printed in MAA Focus 28(5), May/June 2008, Mathematical Association of America, p. 5.
  5. ^ Irina Mitrea at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Patel, Prachi (November 30, 2009), "Math Quiz: Why Do Men Predominate? It's culture, not biology", IEEE Spectrum, Irina Mitrea, a math professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, who finished high school in Romania, says she never felt discouraged there: 'In fact, being good at math made you popular.'
  7. ^ 2019 Class of AWM Fellows, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2018-10-07

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